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US NSA Headquarters. Source: Wikimedia Commons Nosy, Nosy: U.S. Loves Spying on Brazilian Officials

US NSA Headquarters. Source: Wikimedia Commons Sao Paulo, Jul 4 (EFE).- Whistle-blower Web site WikiLeaks on Saturday published the names of more than 29 members of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's administration who were spied on by the U.S. National Security Agency at the start of her first term in office, which began in January 2011. The release of the list of phone numbers linked to...

Legislator Ligia Fallas Sex Scandals Dominate Politics in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons Two former legislators and the previous Secretary of the Legislative Assembly in Costa Rica are currently subjects of embarrassing complaints, investigations and even criminal charges for alleged sex scandals.   As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star, former legislator Ronal Vargas from Guanacaste may face criminal theft charges for his dogged insisten...

Andrew Stark (left), owner of The Costa Rica Star meets U.S. Ambassador Haney U.S. Ambassador Prepares for 4th of July in Costa Rica

U.S. Ambassador Haney To commemorate the 239th anniversary of Independence as well as his recent arrival to Costa Rica, United States Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney held a formal function at his residence on Thursday afternoon. More than 600 attendants from various sectors of civil society and private enterprise attended the event, which took place in the capital city of Costa Rica. As prev...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rican Brewer and NBC to Donald Trump: You’re Fired!

Wikimedia Commons Two broadcast networks and a craft brewery in Chicago are the latest businesses no longer interested in doing business with real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump.   Last week, The Costa Rica Star reported on Trump's dismissal by Univision, and now The Chicago Tribune reports that:   5 Rabbit Cerveceria, a craft brewery in Chicago, has pulled i...

For illustrative purposes. Pixabay Commons. Meet Daniela, The First Presidential Piglet of Costa Rica

For illustrative purposes. Pixabay Commons. By Douglas Marin San Jose, Jun 29 (EFE).- Costa Rican heads of state tend to receive gifts of all kinds from citizens, but rarely are they given animals, much less a pig, as happened to President Luis Guillermo Solis last week, who now has a rather peculiar pet. Hundreds of farmers including pig and fowl breeders from around the country went to...

Confederate flag flies in Columbia, South Carolina. Flickr Commons Brave Female U.S. Activist Takes Down Flag in State Capitol

Confederate flag flies in Columbia, South Carolina. Flickr Commons Washington, Jun 27 (EFE).- A female African American activist was arrested Saturday after taking down the Confederate battle flag from the State Capitol in South Carolina as part of the protests against the massacre last weekend of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston by a young white supremacist. The young woman...

Source: Wikimedia Commons Former Legislator Accused of Stealing iPhone in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons A former legislator from Guanacaste may face criminal charges for allegedly misappropriating an iPhone.   Ronal Vargas was a controversial legislator from the Frente Amplio (Broad Front) political party, a progressive and slightly leftist faction that gained a significant number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica in the last general election...

LGBT flag LGBT is Marriage Now a Constitutional Right in the United States

Washington, Jun 26 (EFE).- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday in favor of legalizing gay marriage across the country, a historic decision that annuls the power of states to ban same-sex unions. The high court's decision makes same-sex marriage a constitutional right in the United States, and consequently requires the 13 states still prohibiting it to allow people of the same sex to marry legal...

Source: Pixabay Commons Prostitutes Offer Free Sex to Protest Taxes in Austria

Source: Pixabay Commons Administrators of the largest brothel in Europe are upset at what they consider to be unjust taxation by the Austrian government; to that effect, they have resolved to stage a protest by means of “direct action.” Over the next few weeks, the Pascha brothel is not charging clients for sessions with prostitutes. According to a news report filed by Oliver Papacek and Ma...

USS Kauffman in Norfolk, Virginia. Source: U.S. Navy US Navy May be Forced to Leave Costa Rica

The view from abaft: USS Rentz. Source: Wikimedia Commons. A legislative kerfuffle may result in the indefinite suspension of a legislative permit that allows the United States Navy and Coast Guard to patrol the waters off Costa Rica. According to a news report filed by Janier Pichardo of daily tabloid Diario Extra, lawmakers from the majority National Liberation Party (Spanish initials: PL...

Silk Road Seizure Are the Governments of US and Nicaragua Stifling Free Speech?

The draconian sentencing in the Silk Road criminal case and the quixotic Nicaragua Interoceanic Canal project have something in common; something other than their connection to Costa Rica, their respective controversy, and their collective absurdity. Recent reports suggests that the respective governments handling the two controversial situations mentioned above have imposed measures to silence...

President Putin hunting tigers in 2008 Into the Mind of Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Putin hunting tigers in 2008 By Jose Antonio Vera St. Petersburg, Jun 20 (EFE).- Many say, perhaps rightly, that Vladimir Putin is as cold as ice, but it's also certain that on occasions the president of Russia can be much less frigid than he appears. He can put on an almost permanent smile and actually laughs at times. He also gesticulates non-stop and raises the index finger ...

Source: US CBP US Customs Joins the War on Drugs off Costa Rica

Source: US CBP JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBP Press Release) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents and interagency partners thwarted a dozen illicit smuggling attempts over a two week period in the western Caribbean and eastern Pacific Ocean preventing the distribution of more than $824 million in illegal drugs. The multi-agency operations targeted maritime drug acti...

Waterboarding device. Wikimedia Commons U.S. Senate Votes to Ban Torture

Waterboarding device. Wikimedia Commons Washington, Jun 16 (EFE).- The U.S. Senate passed Tuesday by an overwhelming majority an amendment banning torture with interrogation techniques like rectal feeding and waterboarding. The bilateral vote was 78-21. "We must continue to insist that the methods we employ in this fight for peace and freedom must always, always, be as right and honorabl...

Wikimedia Commons Donald Trump Could Become the Next US President

Wikimedia Commons New York, Jun 16 (EFE).- Real estate mogul Donald Trump said Tuesday that he is seeking the 2016 Republican Party presidential nomination. "So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for president of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again," he said during an event at New York's Trump Tower. Five years ago Trump analyzed the possibilit...

medical marijuana Costa Rica is Ready to Debate Medical Marijuana Legislation

Wikimedia Commons Drug Policy Alliance Press Release -- Earlier this month, the Costa Rican Ministry of Health outlined the details for the implementation of a pending bill to research and regulate marijuana for medical and industrial purposes. The bill was introduced by ruling Citizen Action Party legislator Marvin Atencio last year to tax marijuana products and regulate the use of medica...

President Perez Molina of Guatemala. Wikimedia Commons Pressure Mounts on President of Guatemala to Step Down

President Perez Molina of Guatemala. Wikimedia Commons Guatemala City, Jun 13 (EFE).- Hundreds of Guatemalans protested in the streets Saturday to demand once again the resignation of President Otto Perez Molina, who is under investigation by a congressional commission after being accused of corruption before the Supreme Court of Justice, or CSJ. Meanwhile, dozens of the faithful gathered d...

Wikimedia Commons Far From Quiet On The Eastern Front: US Involvement

Wikimedia Commons Washington, Jun 13 (EFE).- The Pentagon considers sending up to 5,000 soldiers, heavy artillery and tanks to Eastern Europe in response to Russian support for Ukrainian separatists, the New York Times said Saturday. If carried out, this will be the first time since the Cold War that the United States sends mechanized infantry to NATO's extended borders in Eastern Europe as...

#MochilaViajante Why Is This Giant Backpack Traveling to Costa Rica?

#MochilaViajante São Paulo ANBA - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) launched last week a campaign in the Americas that will collect toys for Syrian children refugees who live in Jordan. Brazil will take part and will promote actions in the months of June and August, according to UNHCR’s spokesperson in the country, Luiz Fernando Godinho. The motto of the campaign is ...

The fall of the Third Reich and the Nazi movement. Wikimedia Commons Dancing Teens in Mexico Dress as Nazis, Flash Swastikas

The fall of the Third Reich and the Nazi movement. Wikimedia Commons Guadalajara, Mexico, Jun 12 (EFE).- Mexican teenagers have sparked controversy with a video showing them flaunting Nazi symbols during a dance contest in this western metropolis. The three-minute clip was shot by a dance enthusiast during the Cheerdance ACMX competition held May 31 in Guadalajara, but was only posted this ...

Tile art in support of Woodfox. Flickr Commons Former Black Panther Spent 43 Years in Solitary Confinement

Washington, Jun 9 (EFE).- U.S. Judge James Brady has ordered the release of Albert Woodfox, a member of the Black Panthers who has been held in solitary confinement for the past 43 years, accused of killing a prison guard. Woodfox, 68, who always said he was innocent, could be freed immediately, since the judge decided that, given his age, his poor state of health and doubts that the state woul...

Source: The United Nations President of Costa Rica Honored by UN Telecommunications Agency

Geneva, 8 June 2015 – President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera of Costa Rica was inaugurated today as ITU Patron for Youth and ICT at a special ceremony in Geneva. The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs. ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops technical standards that ...

Laura Chinchilla Former President of Costa Rica Observed Mexican Elections

The Mission of Foreign Visitors (MFV) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Mexico, headed by the former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, completed its field observation in the federal elections that were held on June 7th. The Mission, comprised of 60 experts and observers from 22 countries, was deployed across the 18 federative entities of the country. Former President Chin...

UN Human Rights Inter-American Human Rights Experts Will Meet in Costa Rica

GENEVA (8 June 2015) – The heads of the 10 UN human rights expert committees, known as the Treaty Bodies, will hold their annual meeting from 22 to 26 June at the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica. The Chairpersons are scheduled to meet Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís on 22 June.   By meeting in Latin America, the Chairpersons, whose committees ...

Wikimedia Commons Large Protest by Mexican Teachers During Elections

Wikimedia Commons Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, Jun 6 (EFE).- Mexican teachers on Saturday ended their occupation of two offices of the National Electoral Institute, or INE, and ceased their blockade of the fuel storage and distribution installations of state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos in the southeastern city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, capital of Chiapas state. However, less than 24 hours...

Source: Cogsi, DeviantArt Former FIFA Official Confessed to Bribes in Court Testimony

New York, Jun 3 (EFE).- A former director of FIFA who was brought to trial by a New York court confessed in 2013 that he had accepted bribes in exchange for selecting the sites of the World Cup in 1998 and 2010, judicial sources said Wednesday. The testimony of former sports director Charles Gordon Blazer, which was given in a closed court session on Nov. 25, 2013, was released Wednesday by the...

FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Wikimedia Commons President of Costa Rica Acclaims Blatter’s Departure from FIFA

FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Wikimedia Commons At a press conference prior to embarking into yet another trip overseas, this time for Europe, President Luis Guillermo Solis of Costa Rica applauded the decision taken by embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter to relinquish his office amidst law enforcement investigations into high-level corruption and bribery. President Solis explained that he...

Pixabay Public Domain Mayor in Costa Rica Used Government Car at Love Motel

Pixabay Public Domain The Court of Appeals for the Second Judicial Circuit of San Jose recently upheld a prison sentence for the Mayor of Coronado, a municipality located in the eastern exurbs of the capital city of Costa Rica. According to court records in this case, former Mayor Leonardo Herrera Sanchez and a female companion used a municipal vehicle to travel to the Cascada Azul (Blue Falls...

medical marijuana Marijuana Cultivation in Uruguay Goes Retail and Mainstream

Source: Wikimedia Commons By Patricia Alvares Montevideo, Jun 1 (EFE).- Special soil, humidity gauges, pruning shears and books on growing cannabis are among the items in demand in Uruguay a year after the regulations for producing and marketing marijuana under government control took effect. "We noticed that there has been increased demand, and it continues because the market was create...

Lagrimita. Source: Facebook A Clown Runs for Office in Mexico, Literally

Lagrimita. Source: Facebook Guadalajara, Mexico, May 31 (EFE).- Lagrimita the clown can run for mayor of Guadalajara, the capital of the western Mexican state of Jalisco, the TEPJF electoral court said. "We are revoking the resolution of the Jalisco Electoral Institute's General Council under which the independent mayoral candidacy for Guadalajara of the ticket headed by Guillermo Cienfuego...

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